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    Good question from SC: Hi Woody, After being upgraded to Version 1709, Build 16299.309, I can no longer find my “Network Profile” where I can change f
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    • #186091

      I have windows 10 Home 1709, 16299.371 and i can get to the public/private settings in the settings. Go to settings, Network and Internet, wifi, manage known networks, click on your known network and select properties.  Under Network Profile cheoose public or private.  This is how I did it.  I don’t think you can do it from the regular control panel anymore or at least I haven’t found a way.

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    • #186095

      In Windows 10 Home 1709 Build 371 it’s under Settings, Network and Internet, Status, Change connection properties.

    • #186098

      Extensive documentation on multiple methods here:


      Seems like I used the “Make this PC Discoverable” option recently.

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    • #186127

      I usually go into the HomeGroup settings, and if you’re on a Public network, it will show a warning that “you cannot access HomeGroups under a Public network, click here to change to Private” and it does it for you.

      Of course in the SCU, they removed HomeGroups, so now you have to resort to other methods.

    • #186157

      For automation methods using AutoHotkey or PowerShell, have a look at this thread.

      Hope this helps…

      • #186176

        You gotta love Powershell. On %SystemRoot%\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe it spits this:

        + FullyQualifiedErrorId : HRESULT 0x80041013,Get-NetConnectionProfile


        • #187059

          This error is shown when you run that cmdlet in a 32 bit PowerShell. Try again in a 64 bit PowerShell.

    • #186189

      The easiest and quickest way in 1709 (16299.334) is to right click on the Internet icon in the systray and choose Open Network and Internet Settings.  That takes you to the Status page where you click on Change Connection Properties.  That shows you your current Network Profile where you can change from private to public or the other way.

      Right there also is where you set it to a metered connection (which I hope we have all done. I plan to keep 1709 for the rest of the year so I don’t have to hassle with the loss of Home Group).

    • #186281

      I think there is a problem with this setting. On several computers with Windows 10 Version 1709 Build 16299.371, I have no Network Profile setting under Connection Properties for Ethernet or Wi-Fi (and no way I can find to select Private or Public without resorting to PowerShell.)

      Windows 11 Pro version 22H2 build 22621.1778 + Microsoft 365 + Edge

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